“The leaping flames from the torch dispelled the fog, and the people stood in the splendour of the noonday sun. ‘That torch’, said the one beside me, ‘is the Catholic Faith, which is going to light up England’” – St. Dominic Savio’s vision of England
The Norbertine community at St. Philip’s Priory rejoices with the whole Church at the ordination today of Fathers John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton; former Anglican clergymen who are the first-fruits of the new Ordinariate erected by our Holy Father for former Anglicans seeking communion with the Vicar of Christ. Our superior, Father Hugh had the joy and privilege to be at Westminister Cathedral together with a great number of the faithful to show support to these courageous men. May Our Lord bless them in their ministry and all who will follow them.
The community is already helping some local Anglicans contemplating joining the Ordinariate and if ever we can be of assistance to others please do not hesitate to contact us.
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother look down in mercy upon England, thy dowry, and upon us who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope was given unto the world; and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the cross, O Sorrowful Mother, Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold, they may be united to the Chief Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith, fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee in our heavenly home.
And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me; That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, as we also are one. – The Holy Gospel according to St. John, 17:20-22